If you’ve read any of my recent posts on PentaxForums; you’ll know I was torn between the 01 and the Q. However with the sale of a lens and the run-out prices on the 01 at the moment I was able to pick one up without completely going broke 🙂 No need for 2min Noodles this week!
Although it did turn up a day AFTER the weekend I wanted to take it to Melbourne.
So I get my SMS from Auspost about midday today and run up to the post office to grab it and race home. In unpacking it I was a smidge disappointed in its size. I dunno; I kinda hoped it would be a little smaller; but more on that in a sec…. The next thing I noticed was its wonderful build quality. Although my wife immediately said ‘Oh, it looks like a toy’ and although the styling is very stripped back – what is there is stunningly made and it has a nice purposeful weight to it.
Seeing as I only bought the body, I ran off to my office to grab my trusty old Sigma 28-90mm. Certainly not a wonderful match the sensor in this beast, but I find it a handy focal range. A few snaps later (I grabbed my charged second battery out of the K5) and started to realise this whole Live View thing might just work. I never really used it much on either the GX20, the K7, or the K5. I always found it a bit clunky, but on the K-01 – it just works. Well too. Then I realised I hadnt turned focus peaking on – Ooo… Did that and what a revelation. What a perfect way of really knowing what is in focus!
Next was some video. Again, something I poked at a little on the K-7 and never even touched on the K-5. But seeing as this camera is essentially full-time Live View, it seemed appropriate to try. Initially i was a bit ‘meh’ about it. I couldnt get it to AF in video, and seeing as there is no focus peaking in Video, manual focusing is a bit “I *think* its in focus?”. However a 2 second search of the wonderful PentaxForums had me sorted (the book says to half press the shutter button, but what you want to do it use the AF/AE-L button) and I was away!
So, from my hours play; this is where I’m at:
Love or hate the styling, this is one well made camera
The screen is stunningly crisp and wonderful to use and thus far hasnt given me any grief in the sun
It’s still smaller than my loaded up K5 🙂
Why couldnt they have extended the rubber grip to that empty space where your thumb sits????
Not focus peaking in video 🙁
All in all I’m stoked, AND it will fit nicely in my smaller tank bag on the bike.
Speaking of the bike; the biggest up shot of the full time Live View for me is that I can shoot without having to take my helmet off 😀